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Global Religions

Why Study Religion?

The Global Religions Major is one of the most flexible majors at Moravian College.  Because there are fewer requirements than in other majors, many students elect to combine religion as a double-major to make themselves even better equipped for a wide variety of post-graduate options. Students are strongly encouraged to incorporate an internship, study abroad, travel seminars, and/or service learning as part of their degree.

Global Religions Majors and Minors go on to:

  • become teachers
  • pursue law
  • government, diplomatic, social and counseling services
  • journalism and business
  • careers as religious leaders
  • become active in the non-profit sector
  • attend graduate school in a variety of diverse arenas

Some of our recent graduates are currently:

  • beginning a master's program in archaeology at Monmouth University (James Wolfe); and also participating in an archaeological excavation at Sandy Hook Lighthouse in Asbury Park, NJ.
  • working as an Admissions Enrollment Counselor at Moravian College (Ed Flaherty), and pursuing a Master's Degree;
  • working at an outdoor adventure resort in Northern Wisconsin, spending time guiding trips in whitewater rafting, rock climbing, zip lining, kayaking and more! (Nick Roberts);
  • beginning a second Masters—this one in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies program at George Mason University (Naiomi Gonzalez);
  • working on her masters (and perhaps a PhD) at Lehigh in American Studies, focusing on immigration and religion (Sarah White);
  • after finishing her MA program at Tel Aviv University in Israel on the "Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible (Rachel Kleiner), taking a position as a "customs clearance broker" with an Israeli company, "Haim Nathaniel Ltd."

The program in Global Religions is pluralistic and multifaceted. Sacred texts studies are complemented by offerings in theology, ethics and history. Students have the opportunity to study Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, the religious traditions of Native America, and more, as well as to explore the interaction between religion and the contemporary world. We also encourage study abroad (both long-term and short term), internships, and other learning and service opportunities that will expand upon course study in the classroom.

Pursuing your own questions

All Global religions majors have the opportunity to focus on a particular theme, question or issue that they will independently research during one semester of their senior year. See the following for a description of this past year's senior projects. Many of the graduates from our program have gone on to receive full scholarships for graduate studies.

Find out more

Both current and prospective religion majors are encouraged to visit the "News and Opportunities" link for an update on upcoming happenings in the Dept. of Religion. See our link, "Religion Society," for information about informal gatherings, presentations and talks sponsored in the Religion Department. If you think you might be interested in learning more about our department, feel free to contact one of our faculty by email or phone. Join our facebook page: Moravian College Religion Dept and help us to stay in touch!